Gigi Hawthorne is starting from scratch. She just didn’t realize until her crappy car broke down that she was going to be doing it in a small town in Vermont. With an eye for design and some serious decorating skills, she’s managed to land a job making delectable treats for the patrons of the Busy Bean. Now she’s up to her elbows in sugar ...more
We're back in Vermont!
We all remember the Busy Bean Coffee Shop/Bakery from Sarina's True North series. Audrey and Zara are the boss ladies.
This is Gigi and Holden's story.
Gigi has left her abusive husband in Georgia and on her way to a new life in Canada, she ends up working as a cake decorator in our small Vermont town.
And she moves in to Holden's empty carriage house apartment.
Holden has been a soccer pro in England until six years ago - when his life changed completely from one second to th ...more
I loved Gigi & Holden, I've not read any other books in this world, but now I'm curious. This was fun! I loved the characters, so well written.
Gigi; Sweet & Resilient; is a 34yr old Southern Belle who finally ran from her ...more
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So far, the Busy Bean Series has been a winner on many levels. The use of our favorite coffee shop has worked extremely well. It is inviting, has characters that highlight every story, and feels like a place you would call home too.
Gigi Hawthorne lived a life that she never felt part of...her family expected her to toe the line and present the perfect picture of their place in society and wealth dictated. She married "like should have" and ...more
I had moments where i was able to get wrapped up in the story and I really loved the plot. I thought Holden was an amazing boy ...more
This is Gigi & Holden's story. 3rd person pov.
Gigi travels from Georgia on her way to Canada. She ends up in Colebury VT.
She's left her abusive, cheating husband.
She's immediately charmed by the small town and its people.
Holden is a grieving widower who lets Gigi stay in his guest house on godfather's property.
Gigi goes out on a limb and takes a job at the Busy Bean Café.
Holden and Gigi take a little time warming up to each ...more
ARC received for an honest review
Annnd now we are back in Shipley-land, an my favourite fictional coffee shop (though I am only here for the baked goods - and I amputting on a kg or two just reading about the goodies!)
I did feel that Gigi's story did come on a bit thick and fast with how easily and quickly she got set up in town, but this is probably just a me thing, and it didn't feel that way as the book progressed
Holden is all grumpy and sexy and I want one of him in my life.
I adored Gigi's ...more
Gigi ran away from his abusing husband and by fate she lands in Vermount. While she is waiting for her car flat tire to be changed at a Busy Bean table she gets a job as cake designer, there's only one little problem she has never made a cake in her life. Holden is a retired football player who hid himself in Colbury after he lost his wife. He is a bit of a recluse, his only guilty pleasure is going for a run and to take a coffee at the Busy Bean but everything will change when he reluctantly a...more
I love the Busy Bean series. I think it’s the perfect blend of new characters and different voices set in Sarina’s Vermont with regular appearances by old favorites like Zara, Audrey and Roderick to name a few.
Cakewalk is a sweet and hilarious opposites attract story with lots of heat. It gave me all the feels. It has emotio ...more
When I first heard about the Busy Bean books, a series featuring books written by other authors in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North, I knew I wanted to read them. Small town, coffee shop love in Vermont... what's not to love about that? And since I'm reviewing all "Yummy Love" themed books for the podcast this month, Cakewalk's release could not have come at a more perfect time.
Having read Claire's books before ...more
It was great to be back at the Busy Bean Cafe. Claire Hastings is a relatively new author to me but what I have read I have really enjoyed. Cakewalk is well written with characters whose story you cannot help but become invested in.
Having escaped an abusive marriage, Gigi Hawthorne is starting over in Vermont.
Fate works in mysterious ways and and she soon finds herself working as a cake decorator
(even though she has no idea how to b ...more
Gigi has escaped a life of abuse and ends up in Vermont by way of a flat tire and fate has her staying put much longer than she ori ...more
Once I picked up this book I couldn't put it down.
Gigi is hilarious, I genuinely laughed out loud. She is the perfect girl next door, wish she was your best friend, that type of girl!
Holden is mysterious sexy and all around swoon-worthy! I couldn't get enough of him. He was so sweet.
I love how well they worked together, helping each other overcome traumatic experiences.
This book has so many layers. Each layer captivating me completely. Everything about this book was ...more
Written in third person but it does switch between the two MC’s heads. The premise is fairly simple - woman (Gigi) escapes abusive husband and settles down in small-town Vermont due to a bad sense of direction and a flat tire. She meets a grumpy widower (Holden) and they fall in love. Easy peasy.
While waiting for her flat tire to be fixed, Gigi overhears the owners of the Busy Bean lamenting the need for a cake decorator. Gigi explains that it’s easy and gets hir ...more
The story had such promise, but--hmm, it's tough to know just where the whole thing began to unravel. But I do know, as far as I am in at this point, this 3rd book is rather lackluster and spiraling steadily down the drain.
This is a new Author for me, and I am kind of in a state of utter displacement. I understand when you create a deeply moving and heartbreaking background to an MC...or to Both there seems to be a little bit of some kid-gloves handling necessary.
Each i ...more
“She was bringing him back to the world he’d known before, one that he’d thought was lost forever.”
On entering Claire Hastings’s Cakewalk, a Busy Bean story, I sighed with content. It has been a few months since we were introduced to the first few stories of this new series out of the World of True North universe, and I had missed this essential hub in Colebury. With Audrey, Zara, and Roderick as the anchors for this story, I jumped in. And what I found is a story that tugs ...more
This is the third book in the series - and it definitely helps to have read them in order as the characters are so much richer when you have got to know them as they cement their future in the town and much revolves around the Busy Bean!
There is a lot to love in this story - and the tension which is developed from Gigi's secret ensures that you are always a little worried about how this is going to play out ... I have t ...more
Luckily it wasn’t only the cover that was gorgeous. The insides of Cakewalk by Claire Hastings held up to the beauty of the cover. It was my first ...more
If your a fan of Claire Hastings books this is definitely a change a pace for her but in a great way. It was full emotional impact then sexual steam. However there is one perfect steamy part.
Gigi and Holden meet each other randomly and are both dealing with big emotional baggage in different ways but they find away around it to open their ...more
What do you do when you’re running from your past?
If your name is Gigi Hawthorne, you find a quiet town to start over as a lady cake boss. You don’t lust after your uber sexy landlord.
What do you do when you’re hiding from the world?
If your name is Holden St. James, you stick to your routine as a recluse. You don’t fantasize about the curvy southern siren who is currently your tenant.
Easier said than done.
Claire Hastings brings her swoony heroes an ...more
This steamy small town romance is a must-read! ...more
Which pretty much sets the whole tone of the story. I quite liked Gigi, and loved her road of self discovery. There were definitely still some intense moments, but she just keeps going.
Drawn in by her exuberance, Holden is hooked. Impossible to deny her sweetness, the man is a goner. This new connection finally pushes him to deal with some stuff from his past, and allows him ...more
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